New Danish feature films
Before the Frost
Michael Noer, 2019
As winter approaches in rural 1850s Denmark, an old farmer, Jens, and his family face starvation. With the harsh circumstances and the prospect of yet another tough winter, Jens agrees to ally with the neighbouring family in a marriage between his daughter and their son. However, when the rich farmer at a nearby farm wants to buy Jens’s land, he sees a chance to provide him and his family with an even better life.
Kirsten Skytte, Thomas Borch Nielsen, 2019
7-year-old Anna is having trouble sleeping at night. She accidentally left her favourite doll, Sophie, at her family’s holiday home, and Anna’s parents won’t drive all the way to the house to retrieve the doll. Just as Anna is wondering if Sophie feels lonely, she suddenly hears a strange sound.
Anders Matthesen, Thorbjørn Christoffersen, 2018
A possessed checkered ninja doll teams up with teenage boy Alex to avenge the murder of a poor child factory worker. The checkered ninja helps Alex vanquish the school bully and score the love of his life, while Alex teaches him that bloody revenge isn’t better than bloody crime.
Mehdi Avaz, 2019
As Leo and Olivia are facing a crisis in their marriage, their nine-year-old daughter, Liv, becomes a messenger between her mother and father. The film explores the break-up of a family and the decisions parents make in trying to find meaning and hope when everything is falling apart. The story is inspired by true events.
Niels Arden Oplev, 2019
The story of one of the most spectacular kidnappings in recent times. The protagonist is the young Danish photojournalist Daniel Rye who was held hostage for 398 days in Syria by the terror organisation Islamic State along with several other foreign nationals including the American journalist James Foley. The film follows Daniel’s struggle to survive in captivity, his friendship with James, and the nightmare of the Rye family back home in Denmark as they try to cope with the fear that they may never see their son alive again.
Jesper W. Nielsen, 2019
Iben, Malene, Anne-Lise and Camilla are four women working together, in a daily routine marked by power struggles, whispers and alliances. When Iben and Malene each receive death threats, they start to suspect a Serbian war criminal, whom they have been writing articles about. However, when a case of bullying in the office escalates, they slowly begin to wonder if the evil comes from themselves.
Michael Wikke, Steen Rasmussen, 2019
Viggo lives for video games. But one day, when a goose crash-lands on his balcony and it turns out it can talk, Viggo’s life is forever changed. The goose is desperate to catch up with its flock but has a broken wing, so Viggo is forced to step up and help his newfound friend.
Magnus Millang, 2019
The two estranged brothers Emil and Magnus travel to Spain to bring home the body of their drunken and now dead father. What Emil doesn’t know is that Magnus has only agreed to go because of their father’s valuable Rolex watch which can save his bleeding finances. But when it turns out the transportation of the body will cost more than 10,000 Euro, Magnus convinces his reluctant little brother to run away with the body hidden in a roof box on top of a way too small rental car.
Tilde Harkamp, 2019
Eva, a recently divorced, single mom, goes away for a weekend at a spa with her childhood friend Marlene to help her get through her midlife crisis. Isabella, the new girlfriend of Eva’s ex-husband, has also joined the trip and is trying hard to become Marlene’s new best friend. Eva’s friendship with Marlene is at risk, as the women reveal their worst sides during an unfortunate Brazilian wax, a failed pheasant hunt and other trials.
Daniel Dencik, 2020
A stranger dies in the wilderness, and an opportunity presents itself. The film is the tale of Ines, a young woman who has ended up on the outskirts of her own life. Investigating modern humanity and the desire to escape, to change and to be someone other than oneself, the story is about love’s journey and the detours we make when identities disintegrate.
Charlotte Sachs Bostrup, 2019
New mom Line is living the high life in Hong Kong with her husband, Bjørn. When Line discovers Bjørn’s infidelity she leaves him in fury and heads for the last place Bjørn would ever think to look – Line’s tiny hometown in provincial Funen. What is intended to be a short stay becomes a journey back to Line’s roots, her resentful ceramic artist cousin Maja and the encounter with an effervescent group of mothers.
Ole Christian Madsen, 2020
In icy cold Europe in 2015, people are slowly moving on after the shocking terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris earlier in the winter. But in Copenhagen, the fresh out-of-prison Omar has his own agenda. Meanwhile filmmaker Finn, Jewish watchman Dan and the worn-out action force officer Rico live their various everyday lives without knowing that they will all soon cross paths with Omar in a fatal and landmark night.
The Orphanage (Parwareshgah)
Shahrbanoo Sadat, 2019
In the late 1980s, 15-year-old Qodrat lives in the streets of Kabul and sells cinema tickets on the black market. He is a big Bollywood fan and he daydreams himself into some of his favourite movie scenes. One day, the police bring him to the Soviet orphanage.
Our Man in America
Christina Rosendahl, 2020
On 9 April 1940, Nazi Germany attacks Denmark demanding immediate and unconditional surrender. The government surrenders within a few hours and starts cooperating with the Nazis. Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, Denmark’s ambassador to America, daredevil and man of the world Henrik Kauffmann, is willing to risk everything.
Out of Tune
Frederikke Aspöck, 2019
Celebrity financier and jet-setter Markus Føns is taken into custody. Following a brutal assault by a gang of bikers in connection with some of his more shady dealings, Markus opts for voluntary solitary confinement among the prison’s weakest inmates. This ward has a prison choir, of which the inmate Niels is the unofficial conductor.
Queen of Hearts
May el-Toukhy, 2019
Anne, a brilliant and dedicated advocacy lawyer specialising in society’s most vulnerable, children and young adults, lives what appears to be the picture-perfect life with her doctor-husband, Peter, and their twin daughters. When her estranged teenage stepson, Gustav, moves in with them, Anne’s escalating desire leads her down a dangerous rabbit hole which, once exposed, unleashes a sequence of events destined to destroy her world.
Daniel Joseph Borgman, 2019
Liv, a precocious thirteen-year-old, lives deep in the forest with her simple-minded father Jens and her obese, bedridden mother Maria. Sheltered from the outside world the family survives on what they can find in nature. Here, even the smallest things have a soul, and the greatest meaning can be found in the journey of an ant into the sap of tree roots.
The Shamer's Daughter II – The Serpent Gift
Ask Hasselbalch, 2019
Dina, The Shamer’s daughter, must save her family with her magical power of compelling people to admit their most shameful secrets with the help of her newly found father. He is a Blackmaster, however, and possesses the power to make people see and believe things that aren’t true. Dina must now deal with having inherited this horrible power while forging a relationship with him – a father she both fears and mistrusts.
Anders Ølholm, Frederik Louis Hviid
19-year-old Talib Ben Hassi’s life hangs by a thread. The exact details of what took place while he was in police custody remain unclear. Police officers Jens and Mike are on routine patrol in the local ghetto when news of Talib’s death comes in over the radio, igniting uncontrollable, pent-up rage in the ghetto’s youth wanting revenge.
Sons of Denmark
Ulaa Salim, 2019
Denmark 2025. One year after a major bomb attack in Copenhagen, radicalisation around the country has intensified and ethnic tensions are running high. The next parliamentary election is near, and the extremely nationalist political leader Martin Nordahl is set for a landslide victory.
The Street Party
Mikael Wulff, Anders Morgenthaler, 2018
Mugge’s parents are going through a loud and terrible divorce that threatens to tear the blissful suburban neighbourhood apart. But Mugge takes matters into his own hands and plans the most epic street party ever in an attempt to get his parents back together.
Jonas Alexander Arnby, 2019
Insurance detective Max is investigating the disappearance of Arthur. The assignment takes him on a long and mysterious journey into the clandestine Aurora Hotel, a unique secretive facility that specialises in elaborate assisted suicide fantasies. While in the midst of an existential crisis, Max starts to question his own perception of reality.
Frelle Petersen, 2019
Kris lives with her partly disabled uncle in rural Denmark and together they run a derelict farm. In their quirky yet loving relationship, built upon daily routines, words aren’t necessary. Kris is the dominant workhorse and she has taken on a motherly and overprotecting role towards her uncle.
Fenar Ahmad, 2019
The two children Røskva and Tjalfe embark on an adventurous journey to Valhalla with the two gods Thor and Loki. However, the peace of Valhalla is threatened by the monstrous Fenris wolf and the dreaded giants, the Jotnar. Together with the gods, the two young humans take on the fight to save Valhalla from the end of the world – Ragnarok.
Jeanette Nordahl, 2019
Following her mother’s death, 17-year old Ida moves in with her estranged aunt and her aunt’s grown sons. The home is filled with physical tenderness and love, but outside of the home, the family leads a violent and criminal life as debt collectors. As Ida becomes part of their way of life, she starts to realize why her mother might have kept her distance, but there’s something relieving and potent about her cousins’ violent way of dealing with the world.